The police in Bauchi have confirmed that eight people sustained injuries after planned election of new executives of a students’ union went violent.
Students at the College of Education, Kangere, were set to elect their leaders before ethno-religious arguments caused the postponement.
“Following the postponement, hoodlums and misguided elements in their hundreds from the school and neighbouring community went on rampage and blocked Bauchi-Gombe federal highway harassing innocent citizens,” the Bauchi police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, said.
About 32 suspects involved in the violence have been arrested.
Read Mr. Mohammed’s full statement below:
On the 24/5/2017 at about 2 p.m., elections of new executives in to the Students Union Government (SUG) at the College of Education Kangere went awry due to ethno/religious dimension it took which resulted in the postponement of the Exercise in order to avert breakdown of law and order in the School.
Following the postponement, hoodlums and misguided elements in their hundreds from the school and neighbouring community went on rampage and blocked Bauchi- Gombe federal highway harassing innocent citizens.
However, before the arrival of the police to the scene the military had already dispersed the rioters and arrested Thirty two (32) suspects.
Police Patrol Teams have been deployed to the area, normalcy was restored in the school and the road blockage opened to enable free flow of traffic.
Meanwhile, eight persons who sustained various degrees of injuries were rushed to Specialist Hospital Bauchi for treatment and suspects arrested were handed over to the police for discreet investigation after which they would be charged to court for prosecution.
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